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Attic Salt

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Elegant and delicate wit. Salt, both in Latin and Greek, was a common term for wit, or sparkling thought well expressed: thus Cicero says, “Scipio omnes sale superaʹbat” (Scipio surpassed all in wit). The Athenians were noted for their wit and elegant turns of thought, and hence Attic salt means wit as pointed and delicately expressed as by the Athenians. “Attic point,” wit.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Atrip
Attaint
Attercop
Attic Bee (The)
Attic Bird (The)
Attic Boy (The)
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Attics, Attic Storey
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Atys
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